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To help those who have fallen on difficult times – whether it be homelessness or unemployment, to acquire skills, build self-confidence and get them job ready. 

What a brilliant week! This opportunity got me into a routine … and having something positive to look forward to

From electrical safety testing to bike repairs, we offer opportunities for development and training in a supportive, but authentic working environment. Whatever profit is gained, is reinvested to help others undergo training, thereby equipping more people with necessary skills that will enhance their ability to return to the work place. By working on- site and attending courses at Salvation Army centres, our training programmes get to the heart of the issues that matter to our trainees. 

Through this, we see individuals grow, develop, and contribute to their local community again.

Electrical Safety Testing

The Salvation Army E+ Electrical Safety Testing social enterprise offers a range of safety testing that has all of the reliability and integrity associated with The Salvation Army. The scheme is designed to help people who are experiencing unemployment and homeless to acquire skills, build self confidence, and to help them be job ready and to get into employment.

Providing a professional service

The social enterprise offers high-quality electrical safety testing by a team of NAPIT-accredited engineers, to meet requirements by law demands that employers, employees and the self-employed take practical steps to ensure no danger results from work-based electrical equipment. It promises their customers an honest, reliable service with no hidden extras, call-out charges or bills for additional labour.  Trainees work with private, public, and third sector organisations and collaborate with facilities management companies and electrical contractors to provide a fully managed service to their clients. It strives for the highest of standards and aim to deliver a first class, proficient service.

 

Since starting trading, Employment Plus Electrical Safety Testing has:

  • Tested more than 160,000 electrical items for safety.
  • Trained 76 people in PAT testing, all of whom have experienced homelessness or long-term unemployment.
  • Created four Future Jobs Fund positions, providing six months of paid work for young adults or people who are facing long-term unemployment..
  • Generated an income of £156,000 and invested £23,400 into training, travel and resources for the trainees.

Of the 76 trainees engaged over the last three years:

  • 28 have successfully moved on into employment.
  • Four are working in portable appliance testing, 24 are working in other areas.

‘It was a brilliant week. This training opportunity got me into a routine of waking up early, getting dressed, going out in the morning and having something positive to look forward to. Overall, the electrical safety testing training course has provided me with the opportunity to tread a path I have always wanted to, and I have found it to be very beneficial. Hopefully, when the time is right I would like to continue on establishing my own PAT-Testing business.’ GH